Strong yet fuel-efficient engines; high-quality interior; advanced cabin technology; superb driving dynamics; hardtop convertible security
Options can get pricey; convertible's styling isn't exactly graceful
The 4 Series coupe and hardtop convertible are all-new this year.
We can't resist the inline 6-cylinder's 300 hp, but the convertible doesn't look sexy enough to justify its price premium. So make ours a 435i coupe, and make sure the M Sport package is part of the deal.
The base 428i ($41,475) comes standard with 17-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, fog lights, a sunroof (coupe only), push-button ignition, auto stop/start (a fuel-saving feature that can be disabled), Driving Dynamics Control (offering three settings for throttle sensitivity and steering effort), power-adjustable front seats with driver memory functions, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, iPod/USB connectivity and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-in screen.
The primary appeal of the 435i ($46,925) is the powerful inline 6-cylinder engine, but it also gets an upgrade to 18-in wheels.
The 428i convertible ($49,675) and 435i convertible ($55,825) feature an expansive power hardtop and available neck-warming air vents among the handful of convertible-only features.
All-wheel drive is a $2,000 option that's available on all models except (for now, at least) the 435i convertible. Yes, that includes the 428i convertible, so you can have a true all-season drop-top if you want it.
The 4 Series can be customized with one of three trim packages: Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport. These are comprehensive appearance packages (the Sport also has a lowered sport suspension) that offer unique wheels and interior decor. The M Sport Package adds Shadowline exterior trim, a body kit, a sport suspension, an M steering wheel, sport seats and extensive M badging inside and out.
In typical BMW fashion, the options list is lengthy and hazardous to your financial health. The Premium Package adds power lumbar support and keyless entry/ignition, while the Cold Weather Package brings a heated steering wheel and heated front seats. Standalone options are highlighted by M Sport brakes, dynamic cruise control, a self-parking system, side- and top-view parking cameras, a Harman Kardon audio system and a navigation system. All 4 Series models are compatible with BMW Apps, which leverages your smartphone to bring social media into the driving experience.
BMW claims a whopping 15.7 cu ft of trunk space for the coupe, remarkable given the car's relatively modest dimensions. The convertible impresses with the top up, checking in at 13 cu ft, but drop the top and you're down to 7.8 cu ft. All that folded metal has to go somewhere.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
Audi A5 -- The A5's slinky styling remains a big draw, and if the engine's not perky enough for you, there's always the S5, which was conceived as a 435i (nee 335i) competitor. The convertible's not a hardtop, though.
Infiniti Q60 -- Unlike the Q50 sedan, the Q60 is a straight carryover from the old G37, but it still has a ton of power and a cool sports-car vibe inside, plus a hardtop-convertible option.
Mercedes C-Class Coupe -- The C Coupe looks and feels like a smaller car, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, as we kind of miss when the BMW felt that way. There's no convertible, however; you'll need the E-Class Cabriolet for that.